Family Engagement Manager
DREAM Charter School, a rigorous, K-10 public charter school in East Harlem, is seeking a dynamic and engaging educator to serve as a Family Engagement Manager. DREAM Charter School's mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship.
DREAM Charter School is a part of DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI). DREAM serves over 1,700 East Harlem and South Bronx youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth ages 5-22 years in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time. DREAM was recently recognized as one of the Best 50 Non-Profits to Work For in the country by The Nonprofit Times.
Like all DREAM employees, the Family Engagement Manager should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and DREAM Charter School and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility.
Reporting to the Principal and the Managing Director of Family and Community Engagement, the DREAM Family Engagement Manager will be responsible for developing, promoting, and maintaining the Family Engagement Program at DREAM Charter School.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Build and maintain positive trust-based relationships with DREAM scholars, staff, and families.
- Model, inspire, and support staff and leaders to do the same.
- Create and maintain systems to support staff and school leadership in engaging families
- through regular check-ins, committee meetings, data sharing, and professional development opportunities.
- Develop, promote, implement, and track DREAM Charter School Family Engagement Programming in cooperation with DREAM families, staff, and leaders:
- Design, implement, and evaluate Family Engagement activities and events including: Family Cafés, Family Learning walks, Special events, Family Conferences and more.
- Partner with school staff and outside organizations to organize family workshops based on areas of interest identified by DREAM families and staff including transition workshops, Child/Adolescent Development 101, How to Talk So That Your Child/Teen Will Listen and Listen So That Your Child/Teen Will Talk, and more.
- Schedule, Implement, and Track Completion of Family Visits for all DREAM scholars.
- Oversee the management of Classroom Captains, Family Volunteers, Family Ambassadors, and other family committees.
- Collect, analyze, and share family data including DREAM and DOE family satisfaction surveys, family participation rates, and the ways in which this data affects youth achievement.
- Drive production of DREAM family communication including the DREAM Family Guide and family facing fliers, emails, texts, robo calls, letters, and handouts.
- Manage and support the growth and development of the DREAM Family Action Council (DFAC).
- Collect information about recreational and educational opportunities for DREAM families and students and publicize them to families.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Understanding of and commitment to the mission, goals, educational philosophy and activities of DREAM Charter School, as described in the school’s charter.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Excellent organizational and writing skills.
- Ability to develop outreach materials to engage and connect with families.
- Ability to develop and organize large events.
- Ability to organize and support volunteers.
- Master’s degree in Social Work, community organizing, or education preferred.
- Strong relationship skills a must.
- 3 + years of experience with project and people management, event planning, and group facilitation.
- Direct service experience with youth and families in a diverse, low-income community.
- Fire in your belly for educational justice and social change.
- Bilingual English/Spanish required.